Summary of The Price of Thirst

Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

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The Price of Thirst book summary
The UN regards access to clean water as a human right, but corporations want to privatize water.


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This chilling, upsetting book reports that corporate, governmental and quasi-governmental institutions deliberately control or diminish the world’s clean water supply, creating humanitarian problems in a quest for profits. If you have ever taken water for granted, think again. Drinkable water is a rare commodity worldwide; one-fifth of the world’s population lacks access to clean water. This dismal fact results, in part, from a twisted system that privatizes water and profits from it. Author Karen Piper spent “almost a decade” researching this tough topic in areas of water crisis worldwide and has produced a great story. With “despair about water inequality,” she reports that powerful political, corporate and economic forces have hijacked an essential, precious natural resource with no apparent accountability. getAbstract recommends this important, shocking report on resource management, global warming, politics, the environment and fiscal abuse to NGOs, investors, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the politics of resource management and conservation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How privatization and politicization of water occur,
  • How the World Bank and International Monetary Fund foment destructive water policies, and
  • Why projects worldwide fail to deliver clean water.


The Global Water Crisis
The great water heist is underway. A group of multinational corporations, abetted by national governments, quasi-government organizations and various investment firms, seek control of the world’s water supplies. In 2001, five companies controlled about 75% of the...
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About the Author

University of Missouri professor Karen Piper wrote Cartographic Fictions and the “eco-thriller” Left in the Dust. She received Sierra magazine’s Nature Writing Award.

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